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Refinishing Hardwood Floors vs. Replacing Hardwood Floors

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Scratches from moving furniture, dents from dropping heavy items, general wear and tear – all of these might cause your hardwood floors to look a little less than great. Many homeowners ask us if they can refinish their existing hardwood floors – and if so, how often.

Depending on the severity of the situation, you might be able to get by adding a new finish to your floors without stripping them down entirely – if they only have a few scratches or scuffs, for instance. But if you’re facing worn down finish or deep scratches and stubborn stains, it might be time for an overhaul. In this process, the existing finish will be completely removed, sanded down, and then retreated with a new finish.

Hardwood floors can’t continually be refinished, though, as every time they are sanded, wood is taken off of the floorboards. A standard, ¾” thick floor should be refinished no more than ten times over the course of its life – any more and the tung and groove will begin to show, and the integrity of the wood will suffer. Hardwood floors should be refinished on average, every 7-10 years, depending on the amount of traffic under foot, the durability of the wood type, and the amount of damage it undergoes.

If your floors seem be to suffering from more than just cosmetic issues, it may be time to replace them altogether: do so if they are buckled or warped, sag, or feel excessively spongy.

Whether you decide to refinish your hardwood floors or opt to replace them, Signature Hardwood Flooring in Maryland can tackle any flooring project with experience and expertise. Let us help you restore the beauty of your hardwood floors – or introduce it into your home for the first time.

If you have any questions or need professional help, contact the flooring experts at Signature Hardwood Floors, Inc. by calling 410.415.0755 or click here today!

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